PHOTO: Chris “thrill up my leg” Matthews takes promoting the DNC to a whole new level

I think this photo of Obama worshipper/informal promoter Chris Matthews pretty much says it all:

Matthews BFD

I'm a walking, talking, breathing DNC campaign ad!

Via Brent Baker at Newsbusters, who has the backstory:

The Hardball host reported “the shirts have temporarily sold out, but,” he boasted as he held up one in front of him, “I’ve got my own right here. If you had to ask, extra large. There it is. ‘Health care reform, BFD.’ There it is.”


Matthews, in the “Political Sideshow” segment on the Friday, April 2 Hardball:

…The Democratic National Committee has turned a lemon into lemonade. They’ve taken the catch phrase, slapped it on a T-shirt and are now selling it online. You too can get your BFD shirt with a donation of $25. It reads: ‘Health Reform, a BFD.’ Just $25 for a piece of delightfully unscripted history. Tonight’s ‘Big Number.’And by the way, the shirts have temporarily sold out, but I’ve got my own right here. If you had to ask, extra large. There it is. ‘Health care reform, BFD.’ There it is.

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The “BFD”, of course, comes from what were supposed to be off-mic remarks VP Joe Biden made to President Obama shortly after introducing him just moments before signing the healthcare “reform” legislation.

With the size of Matthews’ ego, you’d think he’d need a size much bigger than just XL …

Chris Matthews: “It’s not a crime to call al-Qaida, is it?”

We’ll label this the idiotic quote of the day:

But the struggle Matthews was having – that given Reuters had reported Hasan had tried to contact al-Qaida, was that reason enough to intervene on the activities of Hasan.

“See – we have a problem,” Matthews said. “How do we know when someone like Hasan is going to make his move and do we know he’s an Islamist until he’s made his move? He makes a phone call or whatever, according to Reuters right now. Apparently he tried to contact al-Qaida. Is that the point at which you say, ‘This guy is dangerous?’ That’s not a crime to call up al-Qaida, is it? Is it? I mean, where do you stop the guy?”

And this was obviously a philosophical struggle for the “Hardball” host, as he reiterated he confusion.

“Well, this guy, according to all the testament, admittedly it has not been admitted into court. We cannot call him the shooter until we have a trial. That’s the way we work here, you know, that’s how it works in America, certainly not in the news business. You can’t call somebody a murderer until you get a conviction in court. And the question here is when can you identify a problem? That’s what we have to deal with. And you say it’s an ideological point – you can find the problem. But then we get into the business of checking out on people’s thinking. And that’s the problem.”

Incredibly, this wasn’t just a one-time lapse for Matthews. He reiterated his question, if contacting al-Qaida, an institution classified as a terrorist organization by several international governments and organizations, was crime.

“When does a person become a danger, when they have a certain thought system? Or when they go out and buying semi-automatic pistols, or when they start phoning up al-Qaida, saying how can I join the gang? I mean, where do you stop a person? This is criminology, maybe not ideology, but or even religion. But how do we weed out a guy – it seems to me, all of the warning signs, I mean, we have seen them all now. It’s like looking at pictures of Muhammad Ata hanging around convenience stores and going to ATM machines. We got all kinds of information on this guy after it’s too late.”

Amazingly, Matthews even compared himself to Hasan – suggesting his actions were just criticism of the United States invasion of Iraq, with just one subtle difference.

But this guy was running around shooting his mouth off saying how he hated this country’s wars with – look, you can listen to me on television and hear me saying I didn’t like the war with Iraq. You know, I don’t agree with the war on Iraq and a lot of Americans didn’t like the war with Iraq. They didn’t start shooting people about it.”

I dunno about that – a few weeks ago he seemed to be pretty excited about the possibility that someone would “jam a CO2 pellet into [Rush Limbaugh’s] head” …

Here’s video of today’s segment.

Is it a crime to call Chris Matthews an idiot?

Obama WH’s war on Fox News: How Nixonian

Michelle Malkin has a great write-up this morning on the players behind the WH’s all-out assault on Fox News. It all sounds very Nixonian, what with both the vicious attempts at smearing a news outlet that refuses to roll over and crown Obama as King of America as well as a growing enemies list. And here I thought this administration was going to “change” things in Washington, DC, get away from the “same ol’ tricks” allegedly played by prior administrations? Turns out they have indeed “changed” Washington, DC – for the worse.

Meanwhile, what’s the WH’s admitted favorite “news” network been up to these days? Well, Chris Matthews was caught yesterday openly fantasizing on air about how “somebody’s going to jam a CO2 pellet into [Rush Limbaugh’s] head and he’s going to explode like a giant blimp.” And liberal icon Keith Olbermann? He blathered on last night about how he felt Michelle Malkin, without the “fascistic hatred,” was “a big mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick on it.”

No wonder the WH likes MSDNC so much. It treats critics of the administration the same way they do. You know what they say: Birds of a feather …

MSDNC’s Mark Murray: Glenn Beck should be fired for calling Obama a racist

Oh, this (scroll) is so so rich:

On the Glenn Becks and Howard Beales: The White House doesn’t want to give Glenn Beck a bigger platform or extra oxygen — especially regarding his remark yesterday that the president has “a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture” — so they won’t comment, even off record. Beck, after all, is a radio DJ who somehow ended up getting a national platform to give his opinion on politics. What’s most amazing about this episode is that what Beck said isn’t a fireable or even a SUSPENDABLE offense by his bosses. There was a time when outrageous rants like this would actually cost the ranters their jobs. But not anymore; if anything, it’s now encouraged. And all of this could turn ACTUAL journalists into the next Howard Beales. It’s getting nuts that the folks who are creating the perception of an ideological/polarized media world are people who have never really spent their lives being journalists. Whether it’s former political consultants-turned-TV execs or former radio DJs, or former California socialites, the folks helping to accelerate the public’s perception of the media off a cliff made their livings trying to do other things. Of course, Beck’s crazy language could have one unintended consequence: It could cost him bookings with any Republicans who want to be popular outside Beck’s hard-core bizarro-land viewers.

Hysterical. Has Murray ever watched the clowns on his OWN network? KeithO, to be specific? Olbermann – who was a sports “journalist” before coming on board as a political commentator on the Obama-loved MSDNC – was like a walking sewer mouth last year, and the year before, in fact, when it came to describing the Bush admin. He equated Bush with Hitler multiple times and took some truly cheap shots at McCain like the “joke” he made about him needing to “buy more Depends,” doesn’t mind gay-baiting when the mood suits him, said Fox News was a bigger threat to this country than AQ, and joined in on making despicably sexist remarks about the former Miss California – and that’s just the short list. Yet Murray is worried about Glenn Beck’s suggestion that Obama is a racist? Maybe the morons at MSDNC should clean up their own backyards before they start whining about someone else’s. In fact, if we go by Murray’s standards, pretty much their entire evening line up would have to be fired with the possible exception of Rachel Maddow.

But hey – I keep forgetting: We are now living in a country where all scrutiny and criticism of our President should only come from more “serious journalists” like former sportscasters like KeithO and liberal shills like Chris “Sarah Palin was McCain’s mail-order bride” Matthews who who believe it’s their duty as American patriots to “help the Obama administration” succeed, tingly legs and all. A sentiment shared by the higher-ups as well, I should note. My bad!

Hat tip to Matthew Vadum at AmSpec, who has more on so-called “liberal tolerance” – including the campaign by the far left to have CNN fire Lou Dobbs for his position on illegal immigration and for his discussion of the “Birther” issue.

NBC execs to CNBC: Let’s not be too mean to Obama

The NY Post reports on a recent “secret” meeting some of CNBC’s top talent and the subject of the discussion was whether or not CNBC had become the “Obama-bashing network” (via JWF):

THE top suits and some of the on-air talent at CNBC were recently ordered to a top-secret meeting with General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt and NBC Universal President Jeff Zucker to discuss whether they’ve turned into the President Obama-bashing network, Page Six has learned.

“It was an intensive, three-hour dinner at 30 Rock which Zucker himself was behind,” a source familiar with the powwow told us. “There was a long discussion about whether CNBC has become too conservative and is beating up on Obama too much. There’s great concern that CNBC is now the anti-Obama network. The whole meeting was really kind of creepy.”

One topic under the microscope, our insider said, was on-air CNBC editor Rick Santelli’s rant two months ago about staging a “Chicago Tea Party” to protest the president’s bailout programs — an idea that spawned tax protest tea parties in other big cities, infuriating the White House. Oddly, Santelli was not at the meeting, while Jim Cramer was, noted our source, who added that no edict was ultimately handed down by the network chieftains.

CNBC flack Brian Steel confirmed the get-together, but insisted: “The dinner was to thank CNBC for a job well done in our in-depth reporting throughout the financial crisis. As far as our coverage is concerned, we are built for balance and we are unabashedly pro-investor.”

Our source retorted: “That is complete bull[bleep] . . . they didn’t invite a lot of people to [the meeting]. There were many staffers who were working 24/7 during the crisis who weren’t asked to attend, even Santelli, who was a big star for the network during those weeks. Why not?”

Maybe they figured the less people invited, the less likely it would be that news of the meeting would leak to the press? Oops.

If indeed CNBC has become the “Obama-bashing network” then I’d suggest that makes the NBC network’s overall coverage of The One “balanced.” After all, you’ve got MSDNC hotshots like Chris Matthews admitting his loyalty and devotion to the Obama administration by saying that it’s “his job” to help the administration succeed. And, almost daily, that’s exactly what he tries to do.

Come to think of it, isn’t it highly telling that NBC bigwigs had a meeting over “concerns” that CNBC was becoming too “anti-Obama” yet we’ve heard of no such meetings over MSNBC’s becoming blatantly “pro-Obama”?

It’s all about the priorities, you see.

SNL takes a dig at Chris Matthews

I don’t care much for SNL, but they pegged Chris Matthews’ hero-worshipping of Barack Obama accurately with a skit they did last night in which they had Matthews imagining the President in a loincloth. Brent Baker has the details here.

For recent quotes of Matthews’ salvating over Obama, click here.

Cross-posted to Right Wing News, where I am helping guestblog for John Hawkins on Sundays.

Chris Matthews calls Palin McCain’s “mail order bride”

This has become pretty typical of the sexist “standards” set by the likes of Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, and other far leftists at MSDNC. They did it with Hillary Clinton during the course of the primary campaign last year, they took sexist digs at Gov. Palin after McCain announced her as his veep running mate, and they’re still doing it.

I don’t use the words “sexist” or “sexism” lightly, but I don’t think there’s any question that MSNDC has set a pretty clear cut low standard on commenting about female politicos based on their sex and looks.

Really. Don’t they have anything better to do? Any more pressing topics to talk about? Oh, wait. I forgot for a second what network we were talking about.

Maybe we can look forward to an invite in the near future from Matthews to Obama devotee Andrew Sullivan for an update on the “is Trig really Sarah’s son, or is he truly Bristol’s son?” burning issue. Just as soon as Sully gets done rooting for failure in Iraq, of course.

Shocking news of the day

Chris Matthews has renewed his contract with MSDNC:

Chris Matthews, the usually garrulous host of “Hardball” on MSNBC, has quietly signed a new long-term contract to remain with the cable network through the next election, signaling that he had quit entertaining any plans to run for a Senate seat.

The deal is for at least four years. Financial terms were not disclosed, and neither side would confirm whether MSNBC had won a reduction in salary for the host, as it had been reported to be seeking. Previous reports put his annual salary at about $5 million.

One executive involved in the negotiations said, “Whether he took a slight cut or got a slight raise, it’s nobody’s business.”

Phil Griffin, the president of MSNBC, said the deal would guarantee that Mr. Matthews would “be around to cover the next presidential election.” Mr. Matthews, known for his combative interviews, said he was happy to be staying on. “I love what I do,” he said. “It’s transparent. You can see it in my face.”

Yep. You sure can:

MATTHEWS, picking up shot glass: “To Barack Obama!”
DEGENERES, toasting: “Yeah. To Barack Obama!”

MSDNC quote of the day

Who said it?

“We have to remember that Dick Cheney was wrong in a way that was lethal. 100,000 people dead including 4,000 Americans are dead, something like 15,000 wounded because he was wrong.”

If you guessed Chris “it’s my job to help this administration succeed” Matthews, you would be correct.

Chris Matthews and Barack Obama
Caption: MSDNC’s Chris Matthews receives talking points from then-Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama during a taping of “Hardball College Tour” April 2, 2008 at West Chester College in West Chester, PA. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images North America)